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Ever Young…….. by James Barnor The Exhibtion comes to Paris 8.10.15

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In partnership with Autograph ABP, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière presents an exhibition of a large selection of prints by Future of Ghana Patron, James Barnor, both vintage and contemporary. An accompanying book will be published for this occasion, focusing primarily on Barnor’s street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Barnor’s career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.

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Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.

Along with his contemporaries in other parts of Africa – Seydou Keïta in Mali, Van Leo in Egypt or Rashid Mahdi in Sudan – Barnor started his career by opening a photographic portrait studio frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. In the early 1950s Ever Young studio in Jamestown, Accra was visited by civil servants and dignitaries, yoga students, pastors and teachers, performance artists and newlyweds:

Barnor was well-versed in making his clients feel at ease, through vibrant conversation and a background of popular music, creating a unique bond between photographer and sitter. During this period Barnor captured intimate moments of luminaries and key political figures, including Ghana’s first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah as he pushed for pan-African unity, photographing the future leader on several special occasions.

Not only was James Barnor engaged as the first photojournalist to work with the Daily Graphic – a newspaper brought to Ghana by the British media group, the Daily Mirror – he was also regularly commissioned by Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics – for whom he photographed several news features, including a staged nuclear family breakfast featuring Gold Coast’s champion boxer Roy Ankrah, aka The Black Flash.

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Today Barnor is retired and lives in Brentford, London. In 2009, James Barnor began working with Autograph ABP, who presented a preview of his first major solo exhibition at the former W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, USA, before showcasing the full retrospective curated by Renée Mussai at Autograph ABP’s centre Rivington Place, London, before touring to the South African National Gallery, and other venues. For this current exhibition James has been working closely with Future of Ghana Regional Manager for France, Shasha Osei in regards to PR. Subsequently she was able to secure a special preview of the exhibition on Monday 5 October 2015 in front of distinguished guests including the Ghana Ambassador to France H.E Johanna Odonkor Svaniker  and the President of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama

The exhibition  launches and is open to public from 8 October 2015 at 6pm local time

Venue
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Paris, France

T: +33 6 50 06 98 68
E: mail@galerieclementinedelaferonniere.fr

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Sandra Osei-Osare Nominated for 2 BAWR Awards

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our very own Future of Ghana Programme Manager, Sandra Osei-Asare is a finalist in two categories of Black African Women Rock (BAWR) Awards 2015.

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Sandra has been nominated for the Young Woman Achiever and the Social & Humanitarian Award for her work as Programme Manager for the Future of Ghana

Sandra is a an incredible asset to the team. known as “Bosslady” as the programme Manager for the initiative she takes the lead on the strategic planning and management of the iniative. A woman of authority, substance and wisdom Sandra has an intense ardour for Africa and its development.

Black African Women Rock , was founded by Lindani Moyo in 2013. The purpose and vision behind BAWR is to motivate , inspire women to pursue with their dreams . BAWR is a platform to uplift women of color by saying yes we can.

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They aim to rise uplift each other to grow and share ideas, and market for each other and stop being negativity amongst each other. Another objective is to reach out to women globally, women that have lost hope, women with low self -esteem , lack confidence , and single women . Women that have reached their lowest and think they cannot make it in life, women who think they are worthless they cannot do it or make it, but BAWR is saying yes they can , they can support women through seminars , workshops, breakfast clubs.

This year’s event will be launched on the 28 Novemeber at the Antoinette Hotel, Kingston, Surrey ,UK.  Tickets can be purchased via this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-african-women-rock-awards-tickets-18910471730?ref=estw

Thus voting is now open and you can vote for Sandra via this link – http://bawr.org.uk/2015-votes/

We appreciate your support!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Emma Amaofo Shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Black British Business Awards

2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Emma Amaofo year just keeps getting better! After being selected as top 30 u30 Ghanaian pioneer for our maiden publication. She also completed her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) with a distinction in medical science and an intercalated BSc in Management. This qualified her to start working as a junior doctor from August this year

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Now to cap that all off she has now been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Black British Business Awards in the Consumer and Retail sub-category under the Financial services category. The nomination came about due to her work with her fashion brand Friday Born Designs.

Friday Born Designs– pay homage to the motherland by using ‘African fabrics disguised in a British silhouette’ while simultaneously supporting the community back home in Ghana with all the proceeds from their sales going to charity.

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Emma recently travelled to Ghana to make a donation of the proceeds of Friday Born Designs to to Bless the Child International Home Orphanage in Kwahu and she hope’s to release a new collection before the end of the year.

We wish Emma the best of luck at the Awards Luncheon on the 20 October 2015 when the winners will be revealed

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Future of Ghana Pioneer Lorraine Wright Brings UGCY to Ghana!

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2015 Future of Ghana pioneer and founder of University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY),  Lorraine Wright and her team will be bringing the event to Ghana for the first time.
Following the success of University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) in the UK, we are pleased to announce that UGCY will be launching in Ghana on October 2nd with the finals taking place in March 2016.
University Gospel Choir of the Year, UGCY, is an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the nation to showcase and develop their musical talents on a national scale. In the UK, winners have
had the opportunity to perform on grand platforms such as UK’s The X Factor and the Britain’s Got Talent competitions (See the UK website–www.ugcy.co.uk for more information).
 In a quest to unearth global talents, LW productions, organizers of UGCY UK have teamed up with Africa’s
Premiere Quality Christian Entertainment Company, GospelTown Africa, to spearhead the maiden edition of
UGCY-Africa starting from Ghana.
UGCY Ghana is designed as a reality TV show which will be aired on local TV channel, Viasat 1 TV within a
period of 4-6 weeks. The footage will show the various process of the competition right from the Auditions to
the Finale held at the National Theatre, Accra in March 2016.
The program will be hosted by two well-known faces and the prospective choirs will be judged by four high
profile and musically inclined individuals in Ghana and the diaspora.
UGCY Ghana will officially be launched at the World Trade Centre on October 2nd 2015. Subsequently, all universities across the country will be given the opportunity to partake in the first edition of UGCY- Ghana by entering their details from October 2015 via the UGCYAFRICA.com website.
Below are some important dates on the calendar of UGCY-GH to note:
  • October 2nd 2015–Launch and Opening for Entries
  • November 2015 –Deadline for Submission
  • December 2015 – Shortlist Announced
  • February 2016 –Boot camp Audition
  •  March 2016 – Finale
Significant preparations that will see the success of UGCY Ghana are underway and everything required to
be communicated to the public will be done so in due time.
Meanwhile, you may visit www.ugcyafrica.com
for further detail or view our promo Ad here: –https://youtu.be/od83f1uLcZA
Contact the country director, Teddy OT, for more information and assistance on 0500101101
United Kingdom
Email: info@ugcy.co.uk
Website: www.ugcy.co.uk
Company: University Gospel Choir of the year
Address: PO Box 62749, London, SW2 9HA, UK
Africa
Email: info@ugcyafrica.com
Website: www.ugcyafrica.com
Company: LW Company Ltd
FutureofGhana (@FutureofGH)

Reflections on #FOGYLF2015

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Its been over three weeks since the close of the Future of Ghana Youth Leadership Forum at Ashesi University. Since our return to the UK the Future of Ghana team have shared our own personal experiences amongst ourselves. However Its not until we actually take some time out to reflect as a collective that we realise the magnitude of what was achieved on those 3 days.

So lets look back…….

Day 1 saw eager students under 18 descend on Ashesi to take part in a day that was tailored to their immediate needs. First up they were treated to a morning Key note address from Cecil Nutakor,CEO of Equinox Intercom Limited  on the ‘irony of failure’

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Arguably the highlight of the day was Romeo Eff’s, CEO of Aspyre Group Session on ‘How To create amazing‘  which was uplifting as it was inspiring for attendees. The as result – the forum hashtag #FOGYLF2015 was trending in Ghana for 1 hour! GhanaThink foundation continued the empowerment theme by providing team members who individually mentored attendees.

Later in the day we were joined by Future of Ghana pioneers Donald Ward, President of Era Global LLC and Elizabeth Patterson, founder of Girl Education initiative Ghana as well as Nii Atakora Mensah , Content Manager for Ghana Music who participated in a panel discussion on developing careers.

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The day closed with a powerful key note address from Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of KPMG UK

The second day began tentatively as the first paying day we awaited anxiously those who would attend. However as the day unfolded we realised that it was not so much about the numbers but rather the quality of the sessions we were able to provide.

During the morning we entered into a highly charged and passionate panel discussion on ‘Re-imagining Africa’s future’. Panellists included Future of Ghana’s own Creative Director, Samuel Mensah, Cecil Nutakor, Dr Yemisi Bokini Founder of the Daily Run series, Papa Akhurst founder of the BWP Series and Dansoa Siaw-Misa, Sales Manager for Rendeavour. Strong views were expressed which led to the Q&A session running well into lunch. Later that afternoon attendees were treated to key note addresses from panellists Dansoa and Cecil but it was clear  what the highlight of the day was.

Day 3 with started with an interactive and engaging session led by Seth Tandoh, founder of Leadership Ghana on leading yourself and others. Attendees discovered there were 6 key human personalities (social, technical, artistic, investigative, conventional and enterprising) of which each of us have three main ones. Seth’s probing questions made for a humorous and enjoyable session.

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After lunch Ben Anim-Antwi, Director of Communications moderated a panel discussion on learning from leadership that included Award-winning journalist Ameyaw Debrah , Future of Ghana Programme Manager Sandra Osei-Asare , British High Commission (Accra) Comms Manager Estelle Sackey, Romeo Effs and CEO of the Sixth Sense Manifesto Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah. The final panel discussion of the forum proved to be insightful as it was informative and inspiring!

Estelle Sackey was next up to deliver a session on the UK governments Chevening programme which allows foreign students to study UK universities. Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, Chair of the Future of Ghana then wrapped up with speed networking session which got attendees off their seats and engaging with one and other.

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It was an emotional end to the day/forum as the Future of Ghana Team wrapped up with closing remarks and acknowledged Volunteer co-ordinators Justice Kanu and Kalm Paul-Christian from Oxford University as well as the rest of Ashesi volunteers who all received certificates for their efforts. A few tears were shed and the magnitude of what had been achieved over three days slowly sank in.

 

Futhermore the feedback we’ve received since the conclusion of the forum have been mind-blowing. Below are snippets of emails we have personally received:

  • The presentation and panel discussions were inspiring, motivating and soul stirring
  • The forum has also reignited the passion I had for seeing Africa as a continent transform and blossom into one of the world’s greatest continents
  • I would more than love to partner with Mefiri Ghana on your next project, even if I have to sweep the Halls for the forum, I gladly will
  • You Elevated my mindset and skills to a whole new level. I feel more powered and ready. I believe, Africa needs a Change.
  • Although am not Ghanaian, I believe that  I am a global citizen thus the future of Ghana is relevant to me too.

We would like to say a BIG thank to all our delivery partners, volunteers and attendees being part of the FOGYLF 2015, believing in the vision and for impacting the lives of the next generation.

Until next year!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Future of Ghana Top 30 U30 pioneer Fred M Deegbe featured in Forbes Africa

2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Fred M Deegbe and his HTW (Heel The World) brand was  featured in Forbes Africa earlier this month. The brand most known for its exclusive made in Ghana goods, including leather bags, shoes and the HTW empowerment beads were profiled by Forbes Africa’s new West Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde.

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Fred started his company 4 years ago and since then has made headlines across Africa as one of the young success stories to watch out for.Despite not having any real knowledge about the shoe market, Deegbe, who was a banker at the time, decided to take on the world’s leading shoe brands. Soon after, he teamed up with a friend and started Heel The World (HTW), a high-end shoemaking company based in Accra, Ghana.

That was in 2011, and one year later Deegbe quit his banking job to dedicate himself fully in his new ambitious venture.

In 2012, Fred was inducted into the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, and later became a member of the African Leadership Network as well. In 2013, HTW spearheaded the biggest ‘Our Day’ event ever by bringing together 10 start ups to feed and inspire 10 junior high schools in 10 different locations at the same time, impacting over 2000 kids that day.

2014 saw Fred featured on both CNN and BBC for his work with HTW. Over the past few years he has used the popularity of the brand to inspire and empower young Africans through the famous black and gold HTW Empowerment Beads– black is for the hard work, gold is for the ultimate reward

After being awarded the best fashion brand in Ghana by President Mahama, the company has now secured yet another first by being featured in the number 1 monthly read business magazine in the world.

We salute you Fred!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Kwesi Boakye Guest Stars On TNT’s hit US show “Murder In the First”

Our youngest 2015 Future of Ghana Pioneer Kwesi Boakye  is currently a guest star on season 2 of Taye Diggs new show on TNT  ‪#‎MurderInTheFirst‬. His debut episode aired in the USA on Tuesday June 29th 2015. It should be broadcast in the UK and Ghana in about a week!

Despite his young age Boakye has already made a huge name for himself starring in blockbuster films such as Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” , “40”  and NAACP Image Awards nominated Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, “Unconditional”. He currently he plays the lead role of “Billy’ in the Indie film “Pocket Listing” , slated to hit film festival circuits later this year.

Here are just a few reasons why Kwesi was selected as a 2015 Pioneer;

  • He has Hollywood and international film festival circuit buzzing over his performance in the film project “Sketch” where he plays a non verbal autistic kid struggling with expressing himself to the outside world through drawings. He won Best Actor at the 2015 Pann African Cannes Film Festival, Special mention at the Iceland Film Festival  and the film won the Audience Award at Urbanworld Film Festival.
  • Has also lent his incredible talent to many top rated television shows including being a series regular cast on Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age”, “Touch”, “The Mentalist”, “Hawaii Five-O” playing Sean P. Diddy Coombs son, “Southland”, “Community”, “Hawthorne” and many more.
  • Kwesi is also on ABC’s new show “Mind Games” with Christian Slater.
  • Kwesi voiced 3 seasons in the role of ‘Darwin Watterson’, the lead character in the Cartoon Network’s hit animated seriesThe Amazing World Of Gumball, which has won multiple BAFTA’S, Annie Awards and recently earned an Internationa Emmy’s Award.

Now with his latest role in Murder in the First ,the sky is the limit for our youngest pioneer. Onwards and Upwards for Kwesi

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Alloysius Attah’s Startup Farmerline wins $50,000 investment each from Village Capital

We were extremely pleased to hear that 2015 Future of Ghana pioneer Alloysius Attah startup Farmerline has been named as one of two winners of Village Capital’s FinTech for Agriculture accelerator programme in East Africa, walking away with $50,000 in investment.

Village Capital, which finds, trains and invests in early-stage ventures solving major social problems across the world, had selected the startups for its three-month accelerator programme, which aims to unlock innovations that increase access to financial services for smallholder farmers. The programme ended with a venture forum last  week, with participants ranking each other based on six criteria at which point Farmerline was selected as a winner,

Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and supports and is committed to empowering small-scale farmers in Ghana by providing agricultural information to farmers,

Farmerline are making an impact in the agricultural sector in Ghana and we wish Alloysius all the best as his business expands across the continent

Future of Ghana @FutureofGH

Future of Ghana at the 2015 Oxford Africa Conference…

The annual Oxford Africa Conference took place from 22-23 May 2015 and this year we were privileged to be in attendance. Chair of the Future of Ghana, Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka led the charge on the first day of the conference  at the Oxford Union where he witnessed an opening address by H.E John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana discussing integration in Africa.

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Arnold was also privy to lectures/discussions on migration across African borders, the issue of building a gender inclusive talent pool across Africa and entrepreneurship on the continent. Arnold’s day ended with a brief meet and greet with President Mahama (his second- the first one being at the LSE Africa conference last year when he presented the President with the WAM Campaign Diaspora Youth Policy brief).

 

The second day at the Said Business School saw Director of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi and Project Manager Sandra Osei-Asare attend with some of the Future of Ghana pioneers including Alloysius Attah, Lorraine Wright, Rosina St James and Einstein Ntim.

The Future Ghana entourage were treated to informative day with the focus being Business, development and the creative arts. There were seminars on agriculture, private equity, Literature and Energy. Delegates were also given the opportunity to choose from three short films on African identity from South Africa, the USA and Ghana respectively.

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During the course of the day 2015 Pioneer Alloysius Attah took part in “The Africa you Never Knew” pitch  competition in which a select  number of innovators in attendance got the opportunity to pitch their businesses/projects to the Plenary (Oxford Union council) in the hope of receiving some funding following a public vote. Alloysius was confident and assured in presenting his enterprise Farmerline which supports and is committed to empowering small-scale farmers in Ghana. Alloy (as he likes to be called) came third in the competition.

The day ended with a drinks and buffet reception which thereafter most of the Future of Ghana entourage left for London minus those who stayed for the Afrobeat After party! (Einstein ahem!…. 🙂 ) Building networks and strengthening old ones the Oxford Africa Conference served as fertile ground for this .

We look forward to next year!

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

New Regional Manager in Italy

We are pleased to announce we have further representation in Western Europe as we can reveal Evelyne Afaawua has been appointed as Regional Manager in Italy.

Based in Northern Italy  Evelyne  will be working with the Future of Ghana team to deliver our aims and objectives in Italy. She is a TEDxMilanoWoman speaker, occasional radio personality and the founder of Afro-Italian Nappy Girls (Nappytalia), a platform with over 5000 followers and members which acts as an online community at brings together African-Italian girls, who have decided to abandon chemical straightening to show off their natural curly Afro proudly.

Born and raised in Italy Evelyne is proud to call herself a “Black-Italian” but is equally proud and passionate about Ghana and is active in expressing her roots and culture through Nappytalia.

Do you live in Italy and want to get involved?  Get in touch with Evelyne via email Italy@mefirighana.com

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)